November 22nd, 2013 at 5:03 am
So, there’s a slim chance of wintry weather this weekend.
I’m no paid weatherman, but I wouldn’t let it stop you from making plans to see some live music this weekend.
There’s plenty to see.
Guitarist and Grateful Dead associate Steve Kimock will bring his jam-heavy show to George’s Majestic Lounge for a two-night run starting tonight. Playing alongside Kimock — who founded the psychelic rock band Zero — for the George’s show will be Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), John Morgan Kimock and many other guests. Tickets for today (Nov. 22)’s 9:30 p.m. show are $20. Tickets for Saturday (Nov. 23)’s 9 p.m. show are the same price. Both are available at the club or via www.georgesmajesticlounge.com.
If you’re in Eureka Springs, you might check out Totojojo tonight.
Hailing from Joplin, Mo., the five-piece ensemble Totojojo has been in this part of the country several times, notably for a gig at Wakarusa in 2011. The jazz/jam/funk rockers are prepping their sophomore album and tonight will perform at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $5.
What’s on your calendar?
November 20th, 2013 at 11:21 am
Like your bluegrass mixed in with a little pop county? Turnpike Troubadours may be for you.
The band Turnpike Troubadours are sometimes lumped into the Red Dirt genre. That might be true courtesy of their location — they’re from Oklahoma – but I think it falls a little short, too. I hear hints of bluegrass and pop country in their sound. You can hear for yourself Thursday (Nov. 21) at George’s Majestic Lounge.
The group has been gaining attention over the last few years. They played at Harvest Festival, and their most recent album, “Goodbye Normal Street,” debuted just outside the Billboard Top 50, which chronicles the best selling albums in America.
The band’s show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.
November 19th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Here’s something you ought to know: We try to post something new and interesting about the Northwest Arkansas music scene at least five times per week. Sometimes, it’s daily. Sometimes it’s a little less, but it’s always close to that.
Always, it relates to happenings here in Northwest Arkansas. You can always get your national music news elsewhere.
But we’re at the time of the year where those local items are always a little harder to come by — it’s past patio season, and many folks are turning their eyes toward the holidays and consequently, there aren’t as many local gigs happening right now.
So, the forum is yours. Make sure you’re sending in notices to assistant features editor Kevin Kinder (that’s me). Tell me about your band’s new record, your gig somewhere in the area or coverage ideas you have for the Northwest Arkansas music scene.
November 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Calling themselves a “casual” rock and roll band whose music makes fans find “a balance between shredding your clothes off and weeping softly in the corner,” the four-piece known as Genders was recently named one of Portland’s Best New Bands by a newspaper in that Oregon city. Genders will visit Fayetteville’s Lightbulb Club on Tuesday for a show with local opening act Brothel Sprouts. The 18-and-up show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
November 15th, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Monday nights aren’t historically busy ones for music, especially this time of year. Last week, I knew of only one show taking place in our entire 13-county coverage area.
This Monday (Nov. 18), however, will be a busy one.
There are few names in music as immediately recognizable as that of B.B. King. Now nearing 90 years old, the famed bluesman’s music spans genres and generations. He continues to tour with some frequency, and an upcoming stop in Eureka Springs will bring him back to Arkansas. King and his band play Monday at The Auditorium, a venue he also played about six years ago. Tickets are $95-$125 in advance or $105-$135 on the day of the show. Tickets are available by calling 253-2772 or via www.theaud.org.
In Fayetteville, there’s another show of note.
One of the many folk artists who visited Fayetteville during the Fayetteville Roots Festival will return on his current solo tour. Chicago songwriter and vocalist Joe Pug will perform on Monday at George’s Majestic Lounge. A one-time carpenter, Pug has dedicated his life to music full time for several years, releasing several albums and EPs in the process. His performance on Monday begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
November 15th, 2013 at 5:03 am
Didn’t catch Moon Taxi on Letterman on Tuesday (Nov. 12)? No worries. The clip is above, or you can catch them live at George’s Majestic Lounge tonight.
In one of those fun tricks of Arkansas weather, it was brutally cold earlier this week. This weekend? Not so bad, you guys. Not so bad.
So, maybe take advantage of a nice weekend before they all turn chilly. And, of course, the best advice I have for spending time on a weekend is seeing some live music.
There’s several ways to do that, of course.
George’s Majestic Lounge might be a good place to start. Tonight (Nov. 15) they’ve got Moon Taxi, who come to Fayetteville fresh off an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman.” The Nashville, Tenn. group will perform at about 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
Later in the weekend, contemporary christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman will perform in Bentonville. His Sunday (Nov. 17) show at First Baptist Church also features Laura Story and Jason Gray. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show, which is part of Chapman’s “Glorious Unfolding” tour, are $25-$45 and are available through www.itickets.com.
There’s a host of other shows this weekend, too, and all gigs appear on the home page of this blog.
What will you see?
November 13th, 2013 at 10:14 am
Here’s a video of Patty Griffin performing the new song “Ohio,” with help from Robert Plant. She toured with him a couple summers ago, and I saw a show on the tour. It was incredible, as you might expect.
Folk songwriter and award winner Patty Griffin just announced a small run of shows in clubs in college towns.
Fortunately, we are a small college town, and we have a live music club.
No word on ticket prices, other than this nugget from the publicist — All tickets on the college town tour will be $20 or less.
George’s ticketing website also lists the event. Tickets go on sale at 1 a.m. Friday (Nov. 15).
November 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am
One of the best-known and longest-tenured Beatles tribute acts currently on the road, Rain makes a return trip to the Walton Arts Center for a show on Thursday (Nov. 14) night. The multimedia show spans the Beatles’ storied career and includes re-creations of songs such as “Hard Day’s Night,” “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.” The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $26-$54, and tickets are available by calling 443-5600 or via waltonartscenter.org.
November 12th, 2013 at 10:38 am
Austin, Texas, rockers The Blind Pets make a return to Fayetteville, performing Thursday (Nov. 14) at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. The trio has been described in various media outlets as having an explosive, rambunctious and psychedelic sound. Admission to the show, which begins after 9 p.m., is $3.
November 11th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but Ronnie Milsap begs to differ in this video.
This one escaped me. Two more Christmas performers were added to the Walton Arts Center holiday roster several weeks ago and I just now got around to mentioning it.
Tickets for Milsap’s performance are $22-$55. Tickets for Cherish the Ladies range from $18-$32. Both are available by calling 443-5600 or via the center’s website.